2002 Spring Junior Novels


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Nancy's picks for the best junior novels of Spring 2002 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 2002.

Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Brenaman, Miriam. EVVY'S CIVIL WAR. Putnam, 2002. Gr 5-8

At fourteen Evvy is expected to dress and act like a lady. But she knows she can do whatever men can do. The question is, How? When the war comes, Evvy is the one who must keep up the plantation, unearthing the secrets her family hides and making impossible choices.
Bryant, Sharon. THE EARTH KITCHEN. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-6.
Set in the cold war hysteria of the early 1960s, readers will be taken on a journey into the depths of the earth kitchen...a well-written blend of history and fantasy.
Cameron, Ann. GLORIA RISING. Farrar 2002. Gr 2-4
Gloria has teacher troubles until she meets a lady astronaut who tells her that big things are often not as big as they seem.
Canum, Michael. FORBIDDEN FOREST. Scholastic, 2002. Gr 5-8
The adventures of Little John in Medieval England. A tale of passion, deceit, courage and loyalty with Robin Hood's band in Sherwood Forest.
Godden, Rumer. GYPSY GIRL. HarperCollins, reissue 2002. Gr 4-7
When her Gran dies, Kizzy, the gypsy girl, is sent to school where she is mistreated by the other children. Then Admiral Twiss takes Kizzy to his grand estate and gives her the chance to be who she is.
Gutman, Dan. SHOELESS JOE AND ME. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
Can a boy travel back in time to prevent the infamous Black Sox scandal from taking place?
Hoeye, Michael. TIME STOPS FOR NO MOUSE. Putnam, 2002. Gr 4-6
Hermux, a hardworking watchmaker mouse finds his life suddenly full of twists and turns and anything but ordinary. A delightful fantasy!
Ibbotson, Eva. JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA. Dutton, 2002 Gr 5-8
Maia, an orphan living in London in the early 1900s is sent to stay with unknown greedy and hateful relatives in Brazil. Only when she is swept up in a mystery involving an Indian friend and an inheritance does she have a chance to escape.
Jones, Diana Wynne A TALE OF TIME CITY. Greenwillow, 2002 .Gr 4-7
Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by 'time' ghosts. but is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction. Two boys on a quest and a kidnapped girl play a part in saving the city.
Kaye, M.M. THE ORDINARY PRINCESS. Viking, 2002 Gr 3-5
When a fairy godmother declares that a new born princess shall be ordinary it becomes so. Princess Amy has mousy brown hair and freckles and when no prince wants to marry her she runs away finding a most extraordinary life!
Kochenderfer, Lee. THE VICTORY GARDEN. Delacorte, 2002. Gr 4-6
A World War II setting finds Teresa planting a victory garden, worrying about her bomber pilot brother, and competing with the sour next door neighbor for the best produce from the gardens. When the neighbor becomes ill, should Teresa use her skills to tend his garden?
Morrissey, Dean and Stephen Krensky, THE MOON ROBBER. HarperTrophy, 2002. Gr 3-6
Three children enter a mysterious land filled with storybook characters. When a giant enters the story both magic and real worlds are in danger.
Morrissey, Dean and Stephen Krensky, THE WINTER KING. HarperTrophy, 2002. Gr 3-6
When Sarah finds a strange old man at The Magic Door Toyshop, she suspects he is the cause of all the troubles like blizzards in Florida and an ice storm in the desert. How will Sarah keep Old Man Winter from running wild?
Seidler, Tor. BROTHERS BELOW ZERO. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-7
Tim can't compete with his younger brother John Henry, in either sports or academics. Then he discovers his talent in painting. When John Henry hits upon a plan to undermine Tim's glory, a subzero adventure ensues.
Smith, Jane. FAIRY DUST. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-6.
The new baby-sitter who steps into Ruthie's life can change Ruthie's world or destroy it!
Walter, Mildred Pitts. RAY AND THE BEST FAMILY REUNION EVER. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 4-6.
Ray is caught between his father and grandfather who don't speak. Can he manage in some way to bring the family together?
Yep, Laurence. WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN. HarperCollins, 2002. Gr 5-7
Ursula always wanted to see the circus. That is, until she caught smallpox. Now all she wants is to hide her scarred face. But Ah Sam, her parents' Chinese cook, has other ideas. He brings to town a magical circus and finds a way to give Ursula the confidence she needs to face the world..